Simon Bevan
Simon Bevan
Director of Planning
Southwark Council

What’s the plan for planning – is the intractable planning problem solvable?

The UK planning system is full of quirks that are quite unique to this country – the likes of rights to light and viewing corridors are open to more interpretation than elsewhere in the world. Recently, the City of London Corporation released the country’s first “wind guidelines”. Would a more objective planning system encourage more development and create a more liquid market?

Simon is the Director of Planning for the London Borough of Southwark. He has been at the centre of Southwark’s ambitious regeneration plans for more than 30 years and has led the planning service for the last 10 years. He was responsible for initiating the Old Kent Road Opportunity Area and setting up the team to deliver the project. Southwark is leading innovation in digital planning aiming to deliver the highest level of new social housing.